As former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee turns 93 on 25 December, here are his top 10 quotes:

Secularism:

If India is not secular, then India is not India at all.

We believe in equal respect for all faiths.

Poverty:

Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one’s own culture and social organisation. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Pluralism:

Ours is a multi-religious country, a multi-lingual country; we have many different modes of worship. We believe in peaceful and harmonious co-existence.

Elections:

It requires an effort of logical acrobatics to believe that carnage of innocents is an instrument for freedom and elections are a symbol of deception and repression!

Nation-building:

Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change

Vision for India:

I dream of an India that is prosperous, strong and caring. An India, that regains a place of honour in the comity of great nations

Victory and defeat:

Victory and defeat are a part of life, which are to be viewed with equanimity.

Diplomacy:

Quiet diplomacy is far more effective than public posturing

Terrorism:

No guns but only brotherhood can resolve the problems.